Linz to Budapest River Cruise - Avalon Active Discovery

Active Discovery on the Danube – Eastbound 2017

9 Day River Cruise from Linz to Budapest

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This exciting new 9-day vacation introduces you to the people and places along the Danube from Linz to Budapest, in the most active, engaged and fun ways imaginable. The choice is always yours: whether you taste locally produced cheese and beer brewed by Trappist monks near Linz, or hike along an old smugglers’ route; bike to an ancient border defense near Mauthausen or visit World War II’s largest concentration camp; paddle a canoe or meet with a local produce grower in the Wachau Valley; be introduced to a count in his castle; take a jogging tour around Vienna, or visit the city when it first awakes; attend a medieval knights’ tournament in Visegrad and end your vacation with one night in Budapest, and maybe choose to learn some Hungarian? And all the while enjoy the comfort of your Avalon ship, with its delectable meals and warm, personal service. Certainly your home from home while you explore your new surroundings every day.


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Highlights & Sightseeing

Cruise: deluxe 7-night cruise in an outside stateroom with Avalon’s exclusive Comfort Collection BedsSM

Day 1 Linz (Embarkation): onboard welcome reception

Day 2 Engelhartszell–Schlögen Oxbow Scenic Cruising–Linz: choice of visit to Engelszell Abbey to tour its brewery, enjoy a tasting, and explore its sensory garden, or guided hiking tour to retrace the WWII smugglers route; choice of scenic cruising around the Schlögen Oxbow or guided hike on the Danube Trail

Day 3 Linz–Mauthausen–Grein–Spitz: choice of visit to St. Florian Monastery, guided tour of Mauthausen Concentration Camp, or bike tour; scenic cruising through the Strudengau; guided walk in Grein, visit the historical theater and a castle to meet the owner; scenic cruising past Melk Abbey

Day 4 Spitz–Vienna: choice of canoe tour down the Danube; bike tour from Spitz to Krems with sightseeing in Dürnstein and chance to sample local specialties; Wine World Experience with tasting; or local encounter showcasing regional products with included snack and beverage

Days 5 & 6 Vienna: choice of bike tour, jogging tour, encounter with area business people, or city sightseeing tour with visit of Belvedere Palace to see Klimt’s Kiss; choice of early riser walking tour with breakfast at a Viennese café and entrance to Habsburg private art collection at the Museum of Fine Arts; Habsburg collection entrance with time in the Italian & Dutch Masters Gallery; or Habsburg collection entrance with Military Museum visit

Day 7 Visegrád–Budapest: in Visegrád, choice of medieval knights tournament or guided hiking in Danube-Ipoly National Park; scenic cruising around the Danube Bend; onboard gala farewell dinner

Day 8 Budapest (Disembarkation): choice of walking tour with language lesson, guided bike tour, or city sightseeing tour

Day 9 Budapest: your vacation ends this morning

Meals

  • Captain’s welcome & farewell receptions with sparkling wine and canapés
  • Welcome dinner
  • Daily Afternoon Tea
  • Daily Night Fare
  • Farewell dinner
  • Complimentary sparkling wine with breakfast; wine, beer, or soft drinks with lunch and dinner are included daily on board your vessel

NOTES:

  • In the event of water level problems or any problems of a technical nature, it may be necessary to operate the itinerary by motorcoach or to alter the program.
  • Included visits and special features are subject to change. If a change becomes necessary, a substitute will be offered.
  • Please check visa requirements with your local consulate(s); the responsibility for obtaining a visa rests with the traveler.

Day-By-Day Itinerary

Day 1Arrive in Linz, Austria (Embarkation)

A European Capital of Culture, Linz, Austria’s third-largest city, welcomes you today with open arms and plenty to see and do. Depending on your arrival time, there’s free time for shopping, exploring on your own, or joining an optional activity. How about a cooking class so you can dazzle your friends back home with an authentic Linzer Torte, the world’s oldest known cake? Or what about a farm visit where you’ll learn how to milk a cow, mow grass using a scythe, saw wood, and more? This afternoon, board the AVALON LUMINARY, and after a mandatory safety exercise, meet your friendly crew and fellow shipmates at a WELCOME RECEPTION. (Dinner)

Day 2Engelhartszell–Schlögen Oxbow Scenic Cruising–Linz

As you slept, your ship arrived in the pretty market town of Engelhartszell near the German border. Step ashore and CHOOSE YOUR ACTIVITY:

  • visit the stunning rococo ENGELSZELL ABBEY to tour its brewery, explore its SENSORY GARDEN—complete with stone labyrinth, herb garden, and vineyard—and attend a TASTING of locally produced cheeses and beer brewed by the Trappist monks, or;
  • join a fun GUIDED HIKE along the route that smugglers took during World War II, when a tightly controlled border existed between Austria and Germany.

Back on your ship, an excellent lunch of Bavarian specialties will leave you energized and ready to join an exhilarating HIKE ALONG THE DANUBE. Fresh air and incredible vistas await as you watch the Avalon Luminary pass through the Schlögen Oxbow, a particularly beautiful horseshoe-shaped curve of the river. In Aschach, rejoin the ship, which returns to Linz for the night. This evening, optional theater or music excursions are available—or you can mingle with
the locals at a fun pub crawl! (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 3Linz–Mauthausen–Grein–Spitz

Arrive this morning in Mauthausen, with evidence of human habitation dating back to the Neolithic Age. Here, we let you place your own personal stamp on your day as you CHOOSE YOUR ACTIVITY:

  • take a GUIDED BIKE TOUR to an ancient Roman border defense fort dating back to the 2nd century AD. Visit the museum dedicated to the site, with military weaponry, accounts of daily life, ceiling frescoes, sacred art objects, and more; ACTIVE DISCOVERY ON THE DANUBE CRUISE WLB 9 DAYS FROM LINZ TO BUDAPEST
  • visit the 9th-century ST. FLORIAN MONASTERY, an architectural rival to Melk Abbey. While exploring, you may meet one of the monks (when available) or attend a short music recital, or;
  • join a heart-wrenching tour of MAUTHAUSEN CONCENTRATION CAMP, one of World War II’s largest and most brutal Nazi work camps.

This afternoon, your ship passes through another breathtaking area, the Strudengau, popular among climbers and hikers for its enticing geological formations. Dock in Grein, a pretty country resort in the shadow of its castle. The GUIDED WALK includes a visit of the historic THEATER, the oldest in Austria still holding regular performances. Then, visit GREINBURG or CLAM CASTLE, where you will meet the owner. After dinner, don’t miss the spectacular views as we pass by Melk Abbey, perched high on a cliff above the river. The ship docks late tonight in Spitz. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 4Spitz–Wachau Valley–Vienna

Exciting activities abound today! CHOOSE YOUR ACTIVITY:

  • PADDLE A CANOE on a guided tour down the Danube and along some of its tributaries, for a completely unique perspective of the river and riverbank villages;
  • bask in the fresh air and incredible views on an easy guided BIKE TOUR from Spitz to Krems. Enjoy sightseeing in Dürnstein that includes the mesmerizing blue Stiftskirche, and enjoy a break to sample local specialties;
  • join an interactive WINE WORLD EXPERIENCE with wine tasting, or;
  • get a hands-on LOCAL ENCOUNTER that showcases production of regional fruits, vegetables, wine, or other products, depending on the season. A snack and beverage are included.

And whatever activity you are enjoying, marvel at today’s SCENIC HIGHLIGHT, the picturesque Wachau Valley. Arrive in Vienna, the “City of Music,” where you have free time to join an optional guided hike through the vineyards outside town, with a wine tasting and dinner at a Heurigen wine tavern. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 5Vienna

Once the center of the mighty Habsburg Empire, this “City of Music” inspired the creative genius of Mozart, Beethoven, and Strauss—and will inspire you, as well! Waltz ashore and CHOOSE YOUR ACTIVITY:

  • enjoy a BIKE TOUR that takes in the sights along the famed Ringstrasse and areas of Vienna inaccessible to buses and cars;
  • slip on your sneakers and join a JOGGING TOUR that shows you the highlights as you run between sites;
  • take a unique INSIDERS TOUR that features something different every day. It could be anything, from a visit to a musical instrument maker to a crash course on etiquette and protocol at diplomatic gatherings. You will meet locals, have the chance to prepare some food at a cooking class, and will enjoy other surprises as well, or;
  • get a proper introduction to Vienna during a CITY SIGHTSEEING TOUR that includes an inside visit of Belvedere Palace to see Klimt’s celebrated Kiss.

Afterward, you have free time to explore on your own. Maybe stroll through the pedestrian Kärntnerstrasse, take a break for a piece of decadent Sachertorte, or join an optional excursion. Tonight’s onboard dinner pays a delicious tribute to the former Austrian-Hungarian Empire. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 6Vienna

A second full day in Vienna presents even more opportunities to immerse yourself in the magic. CHOOSE YOUR ACTIVITY for an experience most meaningful to you:

  • wrap yourself in the peace of the city at sunrise during an EARLY RISER WALKING TOUR that includes breakfast at a Viennese café and an exclusive viewing of the Habsburg family’s private art collections at the Museum of Fine Arts;
  • for a more leisurely start to your morning, skip the walking tour and onshore breakfast and simply join us for the MUSEUM VISIT, which includes time in the ITALIAN & DUTCH MASTERS GALLERY, or;
  • perfect for military history buffs, begin with the MUSEUM VISIT of the Habsburg collection, then explore the MILITARY MUSEUM, commemorating the heroic past of the Habsburg Empire.

Tonight, enjoy a delectable dinner of Viennese specialties on board (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 7Visegrad, Hungary–Budapest

This morning, the Avalon Luminary passes by mighty Esztergom Basilica, coronation church of Hungary’s monarchs. Later, arrive in Visegrad, where another exciting day is on tap. CHOOSE YOUR ACTIVITY:

  • cheer your favorite champion at a MEDIEVAL KNIGHTS TOURNAMENT at Visegrad’s Lower Castle, featuring targeting and fighting demonstrations by members of the St. George Knightly Order. During free time here, be sure to explore Palotaház, where stonemasons, smiths, potters, and paper-makers produce their traditional items using age-old techniques, or;
  • spend your day in the great outdoors on a GUIDED HIKE through Danube-Ipoly National Park, home to eagles, falcons, bats, terrapins, fire salamanders, and other wildlife.

Later this afternoon, your ship arrives in Budapest, affording magnificent views of the beautifully illuminated Parliament. Prepare for an exquisite GALA FAREWELL DINNER featuring foods specially paired with just the right area wines or beers. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 8Budapest (Disembarkation)

One of Eastern Europe’s most dynamic cities, Hungary’s capital spans the Danube in a majestic way. Awaken refreshed and dig in to a hearty breakfast before disembarking and deciding how you would like to explore. CHOOSE YOUR ACTIVITY:

  • take an enjoyable, 2-hour WALKING TOUR that includes some “Fungarian” instruction of useful local words and phrases;
  • ride a new-model, 24-gear bicycle on a GUIDED BIKE TOUR along the bike paths and car-free areas for a safe and enjoyable way to see the city’s most fantastic sights, or;
  • see the best of Budapest on a CITY SIGHTSEEING TOUR featuring Heroes’ Square, Fishermen’s Bastion, Matthias Church, and an inside visit of the OPERA HOUSE.

Afterward, you have free time to shop for Hungarian paprika or handcrafted souvenirs, to savor a piece of cream cake in the world-famous Gerbeaud Café, or to join an optional tour of Budapest’s limestone cave system or to play nine holes of golf. (Breakfast)

Day 9Budapest

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning! (Breakfast)

Ship Details

Luminary

Luminary

Cruising on the Avalon Luminary is the ideal way to experience the majesty, extensive history and fascinating culture of some of Europe's oldest cities along its legendary rivers. Built in 2010, the Avalon Luminary holds a maximum of just 138 passengers. Visit multiple countries and cities and unpack only once, so you spend your time experiencing and enjoying Europe rather than dealing with the logistics of travel. Enjoy a highly personalized cruise experience, spacious deluxe staterooms and suites, contemporary décor, and popular onboard amenities, including a large Sky Deck with whirlpool and Sky Bistro, lounge and a bar serving premium spirits, complimentary computer use in public areas and free Wi-Fi throughout the ship, Fitness Center with state-of-the-art equipment, hair salon, and elevator.

Included Amenities

  • Wall-to-Wall Panoramic Windows
  • Non-smoking interior and staterooms
  • Elegant, contemporary design
  • Headsets for guided shore excursions in Europe
  • Sightseeing with Certified Local Guides
  • Room service for Continental breakfast & beverages (service fee applies)
  • Complimentary computer use in public areas
  • Hair salon
  • Self-serve beverage station with complimentary tea, hot chocolate & premium coffees, including decaf options
  • Bicycles available onboard for complimentary check-out
  • Behind-the-scenes galley tour
  • Nordic walking sticks available onboard for complimentary check-out
  • English-speaking TV channels with over 100 free movie options
  • Sky Deck game area
  • Well-stocked library
  • Full-size closet mirror
  • Sky Deck with premium lounge chairs and shade awnings
  • Elevator
  • Outside viewing deck
  • Friendly, English-speaking crew and Cruise Director
  • Onboard lectures, activities & nightly entertainment
  • Sky Deck whirlpool
  • Fitness Center
  • Lounges and upscale bar serving premium spirits
  • Additional biking excursions available in Amsterdam, Breisach and Bernkastel
  • Avalon Choice® cruising experience
  • Choice of Leisurely, Traditional or Independent sightseeing pace options
  • Local FavoritesSM onboard experiences to bring the customs, cultures and tastes of your destinations to life, including local entertainers, artisans & experts
  • Onboard assistance is available to recommend, reserve and further personalize your cruise
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi access
  • Fresh fruit available throughout the day

Staterooms & Suites

Avalon Deluxe Stateroom (Cat. E) - 172 sq. ft.
Features
  • Comfort Collection BedsSM
  • Egyptian super-combed cotton linens
  • Soft & firm pillows
  • Choice of bed configuration
  • Bedside tables with reading lamps
  • L'Occitane bath products
  • Easy under-bed luggage storage
  • Alarm clock
  • Bathrobes & slippers
  • Complimentary bottled water
  • Individual climate control
  • Large mirror in bathroom
  • Full shower with glass door
  • Vanity and lighted makeup mirror
  • Luxurious mattress toppers
  • European-style duvets
  • Extra blankets
  • Nightly turn-down service
  • Hairdryer
  • Spacious 3-door closets with shelves for ample storage
  • Flatscreen satellite TV with movie channel
  • Direct-dial telephone
  • Well-stocked minibar
  • In-room safe
  • Elegant, contemporary design
  • Two windows
  • Writing desk and chair
Avalon Deluxe Stateroom (Cat. A, B, P) - 172 sq. ft.
Features
  • Comfort Collection BedsSM
  • Egyptian super-combed cotton linens
  • Soft & firm pillows
  • Choice of bed configuration
  • Bedside tables with reading lamps
  • L'Occitane bath products
  • Easy under-bed luggage storage
  • Alarm clock
  • Bathrobes & slippers
  • Complimentary bottled water
  • Individual climate control
  • Large mirror in bathroom
  • Full shower with glass door
  • Vanity and lighted makeup mirror
  • Luxurious mattress toppers
  • European-style duvets
  • Extra blankets
  • Nightly turn-down service
  • Hairdryer
  • Spacious 3-door closets with shelves for ample storage
  • Flatscreen satellite TV with movie channel
  • Direct-dial telephone
  • Well-stocked minibar
  • In-room safe
  • Elegant, contemporary design
  • Floor-to-ceiling sliding-glass door with French Balcony
  • Writing desk and chair
Avalon Suite - 258 sq. ft.
Features
  • Comfort Collection BedsSM
  • Egyptian super-combed cotton linens
  • Soft & firm pillows
  • Choice of bed configuration
  • Bedside tables with reading lamps
  • L'Occitane bath products
  • Easy under-bed luggage storage
  • Alarm clock
  • Bathrobes & slippers
  • Complimentary bottled water
  • Individual climate control
  • Large mirror in bathroom
  • Floor-to-ceiling sliding-glass door with French Balcony
  • Writing desk and chair
  • Sofa
  • Luxurious mattress toppers
  • European-style duvets
  • Extra blankets
  • Nightly turn-down service
  • Hairdryer
  • Spacious 3-door closets with shelves for ample storage
  • Flatscreen satellite TV with movie channel
  • Direct-dial telephone
  • Well-stocked minibar
  • In-room safe
  • Elegant, contemporary design
  • Marble countertops in bathroom
  • Full shower with glass door
  • Vanity and lighted makeup mirror
  • Coffee table
DECK PLANS

Hotels

Linz
Budapest

Linz

Arcotel Nike Linz

Arcotel Nike Linz Untere Donaulaende 9, Linz,  Austria Untere Donaulaende 9
Linz, Austria

Free WifiFree Wifi

Hotel as shown or similar
First-Class

Superbly located on the banks of the River Danube, just a short walk away from the historic center of Linz with Free Wi-Fi internet access available throughout the property. Austrian and international cuisine can be enjoyed in the hotel's elegant restaurant or on the delightful outdoor terrace during the summer months. A classic cafe and bar offers coffee, homemade pastries and light lunches during the day with cocktails and drinks in the evening. For relaxation, there is also a spa area with a sauna and a steam room.

Hotel Amenities

Free WiFi
Spa Services
Business Center
Bar/Lounge
Luggage Storage
Currency Exchange
Restaurant On-Site
Elevator
Parking/Valet
Dry Cleaning
Room Amenities

Room Service
Phone
Non-smoking Rooms
Mini-bar
Alarm Clock
Hair Dryer
In-Room Safe
Television
Complimentary Toiletries
Desk
Window Opens
Climate Control
Wake-Up Calls
Cable/Satellite
Internet Access

Budapest

InterContinental Budapest

InterContinental Budapest Apaczai Csere Janos utca 12-14, Budapest,  Hungary Apaczai Csere Janos utca 12-14
Budapest, Hungary

Free WifiFree Wifi

Hotel as shown or similar
Deluxe

Few would argue the InterContinental Budapest is in the city's best location: right on the Danube across from Castle Hill and the Royal Palace. With the Chain Bridge and the Parliament just steps away, there's no shortage of superb sightseeing opportunities. The Váci Utca shopping street, Central Market Hall and the Gellért Baths are also nearby.

Hotel Amenities

Spa Services
Free WiFi
Currency Exchange
Fitness Room
Restaurant On-Site
Business Center
Gift Shop
Beauty Salon
Concierge desk
Pool
Dry Cleaning
ATM
Luggage Storage
Elevator
Parking/Valet
Room Amenities

Iron/Ironing Board
Hair Dryer
Internet Access
Air Conditioning
Climate Control
Television
Room Service
In-Room Safe
Alarm Clock
Phone
Non-smoking Rooms
Coffee Maker
Cable/Satellite
Mini-bar
Smoking Rooms

Hotel Sofitel Chain Bridge

Hotel Sofitel Chain Bridge Szechenyi Istvan ter 2, Budapest,  Hungary Szechenyi Istvan ter 2
Budapest, Hungary

Free WifiFree Wifi

Hotel as shown or similar
Deluxe

This elegant upscale property is located on the left bank of the river Danube, right in the heart of Budapest with Free Wi-Fi internet access throughout the property. The show kitchen restaurant serves refined French-Hungarian cuisine and the vibrant bar offers the chance to sip cocktails overlooking the illuminated Chain Bridge. Leisure facilities include an indoor pool, well-being & fitness center.

Hotel Amenities

Pool
Restaurant On-Site
Spa Services
Dry Cleaning
Fitness Room
Bar/Lounge
Business Center
Concierge desk
Elevator
Parking/Valet
Hot Tub
Free WiFi
Luggage Storage
Room Amenities

Iron/Ironing Board
Desk
Smoking Rooms
Internet Access
Complimentary Newspaper
Air Conditioning (Seasonal)
Mini-bar
In-Room Safe
Wake-Up Calls
Voicemail
Room Service
Alarm Clock
Air Conditioning
Coffee Maker
Television
Window Opens
Cable/Satellite
Disabled Access / Rooms
Hair Dryer
Complimentary Toiletries
Phone
Non-smoking Rooms
Climate Control

 Optional Excursions

The following optional excursions are examples only for this vacation. These may or may not be offered, and availability is subject to days of operation and seasonality. Please select a departure date to view optional excursions and pricing for a specific date (due to currency fluctuation, pricing shown is subject to change until purchased).

Price Ranges

$ ($50 USD and under)
$$ ($51 - $100 USD)
$$$ ($101 - $150 USD)
$$$$ (Over $150)


Engelhartszell
Krems
Vienna
Budapest
Packages

Engelhartszell

Local Pubs Tour

Local Pubs Tour

Walking excursion starting from the ship. Clients can walk in the centre of Linz and socialize with the locals drinking beer/must/cider and listeninbg to live music in the pubs.

Price Range: $

Trout Circus Visit and Hiking

Trout Circus Visit and Hiking

Water circus at its finest! 85 year old Karl Luger has been training his trouts for more than 50 years, with the ancient sawmill (dating back to 1820) as lovely background. Thanks to little earth worms he is able to teach his trouts incredible tricks: jumps, soccer games, ski performances await you. Karl himself is the circus director, the animal trainer and the clown. He creates memories that will stay forever with you. A highlight not to be missed in St. Aegidi! Besides the trout show there is a lot more to discover. On the way back do a short hiking and explore the area of Engelhartszell.

Price Range: $

Krems

Viennese Heurigen Tavern Dinner

Viennese Heurigen Tavern Dinner

Have dinner with music and some entertainment between the courses of a typical Heurigen type, complete with wine from the latest harvest - the "Heurigen".

Price Range: $$

Hiking in the Vinyards of Vienna and Heurigen Dinner

Hiking in the Vinyards of Vienna and Heurigen Dinner

Start this excursion hiking up to the Cobenzl. Afterwords head to one of the famous Viennese ¿Heurigen¿ and enjoy a typical dinner.

Price Range: $$

Vienna

Classical Concert

Classical Concert

Enjoy an unforgettable concert in one of the city's elegant concert halls.

Price Range: $$

Conduct Your Own Orchestra

Conduct Your Own Orchestra

Have you ever watched a conductor and thought how great it would be to have an entire orchestra at your control? Now you can make this dream a reality in the music capital of the world.

Price Range: $$$$

Visit to the Spanish Riding School

Visit to the Spanish Riding School

Take the chance to see the various locations which account for the special charm of this establishment. You will learn about the history of the cruise, the equestrian tradition and about the Lipizzaner stallions.

Price Range: $$$

Vienna - City of Music and Musicians

Vienna - City of Music and Musicians

A guided walk will make you familiar with some of the most interesting spots of Vienna and how they have influenced genius after genius and left there a musical footprint in their works.

Price Range: $$

Vienna Specialties - Done by You

Vienna Specialties - Done by You

Join a special cooking class and prepare your own lunch of local specialties under the watchful eye of a local chef. Enjoy your lunch afterwards, yourselves.

Price Range: $$

Budapest

Retro Tour

Retro Tour

Travel back in time with us and take a glimpse of the everyday life during the so-called 'Goulash communism'. Discover the streets of Budapest with an enthusiastic local guide and learn some simple Hungarian phrases that will grant you a sour-cherry soda at a downtown retro bar.

Price Range: $$$$

Caving Adventure - Hiking in the Caves

Caving Adventure - Hiking in the Caves

Hungary's capital, Budapest, is famous for its hot springs all over the world.

Price Range: $$

Hungarian Dinner

Hungarian Dinner

Enjoy a typical 3-course dinner at a traditional restaurant.

Price Range: $$

Packages

Celebration Packages

Celebration Packages

Celebrating a birthday or anniversary while you're cruising? Add an Avalon Celebration Package to your vacation. You can make your special day even more memorable with special touches ranging from flowers to a private cocktail reception.

Price Range: $$

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